The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to attend the Dignified Transfer for US Army (Retired, SGT First Class) Matthew Nyman, age 43. He will be transported from Denver International Airport to Horan and McConaty Funeral Home, 11150 East Dartmouth Avenue, Aurora, 80014. He will be arriving at DIA with an ETA of 7:04AM on Friday, February 12, 2021 and is expected to arrive at the Funeral Home by 8:15AM.
Matthew Nyman was an Army veteran and wounded warrior. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, he and two other climbers drove to the trailhead at Bear Mountain, near Chugiak, an area about twenty miles northeast of Anchorage. The last time anyone heard from them was around 10:30AM, that day. The climbers were due back at the trailhead around 5:00PM, Tuesday, and were reported overdue to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. On Wednesday morning, February 3rd, Troopers and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group began to search the mountain. Searchers saw that an avalanche had happened and they found the men’s bodies buried in the slide.
Nyman was an experienced climber, his wife, Kris Crichton, told theTribune News Service. An Army Ranger turned Delta Force operator, Nyman was severely injured in a 2005 helicopter crash. “He fought to be healed from the loss of a leg and no use of his other foot, in addition to a traumatic brain injury, to be able to walk again, climb mountains and work for the government to fight drug cartels in Mexico,” Crichton said Thursday. The couple was married in September, 2020.
Nyman had considered business school for years. The helicopter crash helped accelerate his thinking, according to a 2019. During a combat operation, he was a passenger in a helicopter landing atop a building in Iraq. The crash left him with severe injuries to his head, back, lungs, femur and a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg.
After fighting his way back to health and building a stellar career developing and launching threat-assessment centers in the military and public sector, he pivoted to the private sector.
Nyman was a dedicated father to his two sons and his stepson, Crichton said.
He also was featured in the 2012 documentary “High Ground”, which followed eleven veterans as they climbed the Himalayan Mount Lobuche.
7:30AM -Stage at Horan and McConaty in Aurora7:45AM - Mission Briefing8:00AM - Form Flag Line at the entrance to the Funeral Home
Please have a facial covering at the ready in the event six foot spacing is difficult to maintain.